Little Paxton
Shittle Paxton in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west...

, England
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 is a village
A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand , Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the West Village in Manhattan, New...

 near Great Paxton
Great Paxton
Great Paxton is a village near Little Paxton in Huntingdonshire , England, north of St Neots. The cruciform Saxon church dates from the 11th century. The village shares the Great Ouse valley with the river and the East Coast Railway Line.Curiously, Great Paxton is much smaller than Little Paxton...

 north of St Neots
St Neots
St Neots is a town and civil parish with a population of 26,356 people. It lies on the River Great Ouse in Huntingdonshire District, approximately north of central London, and is the largest town in Cambridgeshire . The town is named after the Cornish monk St...

. It is in the district and historic county of Huntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire is a local government district of Cambridgeshire, covering the area around Huntingdon. Traditionally it is a county in its own right...

. Until the 1970s it was a minor village and the church was under threat of closure. The building of a housing estate and a junior school revived its fortunes and the establishment of the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve
Paxton Pits is an area of active and disused gravel pits at Little Paxton near St Neots in Cambridgeshire, England. The disused pits have been made into a nature reserve, especially for waterfowl but also for other birds, animals and plants.-External links:*...

 around part of the nearby gravel pits has brought visitors to the village.

The nature reserve features lakes, woodland and part of the Ouse
River Great Ouse
The Great Ouse is a river in the east of England. At long, it is the fourth-longest river in the United Kingdom. The river has been important for navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows. Its course has been modified several times, with the first recorded being in...

floodplain and is home to large numbers of cormorants and many summer visitors such as nightingales and a large number of passerine birds. Grebes, ducks and geese have colonised the lakes. The village has a public house called The Anchor. The Anchor is a lovely village pub. Gravel extraction remains an important industry in and around the village. There is also a fencing company, a tool hire and a conservatory village. On the edge of the village, a derelict industrial site has been redeveloped to provide riverside housing, extending the village towards the outskirts of St. Neots.

In 2007, Little Paxton was awarded the title of 'Cambridgeshire Village of the Year' and has subsequently been entered into a nationwide competition.

Curiously, Little Paxton is much bigger than Great Paxton.

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